The Human Rights Programme supports local women human rights defenders’ engagement with international human rights bodies, and advocates for respect and protection of human rights in order to achieve peace.
Through submissions, statements and other engagement with the UN human rights bodies, for example with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review and Special Procedures, the Programme advocates for States to comply with their human rights obligations.
Additionally, it facilitates access and platforms for women to engage with the UN human rights system in order to increase their participation, share their analysis and hold their governments accountable for the implementation of the Women Peace and Security Agenda, and the fulfilment of their obligations related to women’s rights. It works to ensure that these bodies are informed by women’s experiences, especially from conflict and post-conflict areas, and addresses issues such as women and girls’ right to participation, equality, justice, and to live free from violence and oppression.
Working closely with WILPF’s national Sections and local partners from conflict-affected areas and other settings, the Programme advocates for sustainable peace-building by supporting women’s participation in decision-making, and promoting other conflict prevention measures, such as disarmament and the development of just economic systems respectful of human rights.
“To move beyond a politics of fear, we must all find ways to act in solidarity to uphold the rights of those most marginalised.”